Using the Washington Group/ UNICEF Child Functioning Module in an early childhood setting in rural Malawi

Standardised and internationally validated tools and metrics are vital to measure disability among children and monitor their participation in services and interventions.The recently launched UNICEF/ Washington Group Child Functioning Module (CFM) builds on, and improves the UNICEF 10 Question Screen for disability, and assesses functional difficulties of children aged 2-17 years in in different domains including hearing, vision, communication/ comprehension, learning, mobility and emotions. Sightsavers, and partners, recently conducted a cross-sectional survey among children aged 2-6 years attending early childhood centers in rural Malawi as part of baseline data collection for a cluster randomized control trial.